Movies for the Halloween Season – Part 3
Welcome to the third installment of movies that think that are fun and essential viewing for the Halloween season. Once again, I’m mixing some Horror with Fantasy and Sci-Fi titles. Perhaps some of the movies are a mix of two or three. Here are my pics for this installment.
Ghoulies 1 & 2 (1984/1988)
Seeing how this is a double feature DVD, they both get exposure. Actually, the old VHS cover of this depicting one of the Ghoulies popping his head out of the toilet gave me nightmares as I kid. Yet, I always picked up the box to look at it every time I was in the video store. I saw it when I was 6 or 7 as CityTV here in Ontario actually played it on one of their movie nights. That gave me nightmares, too!
When you watch the first Ghoulies, they don’t even appear that much and they don’t even seem too menacing. The story in the first movie revolves around the son of an occultist messing with his father’s stuff in the mansion he’s hosting a party in. He performs a ritual and unbeknownst to the guests, the Ghoulies arrive.
The second Ghoulies movie is where it’s at for me. It’s more of a dark comedy where the Ghoulies get into a lot of mischief and are the focal point. There’s a carnival in town and the Ghoulies are hanging out there. The main characters have to figure out who is behind killing people and when they find out it’s the Ghoulies, how to stop them. There is some blood and killing at the hands of the monsters, but in the end, the movie provides more laughs than anything. I watched this one many times as a pre-teen.
Troll 1 & 2 (1986/1990)
Here’s another double feature DVD of mine. Troll mixes horror with fantasy as a there’s more lore and prophecy depicted in this movie. There’s not very much gore or killing in this movie, but some of the creatures are kinda creepy (or at least they were when I was a kid and watched it). I remember I wouldn’t go down into my basement for a week after watching this due to the troll song/scene. I’ll embed it after this as it’s just too funny to think it freaked me out when I was a kid (skip to 1:00 minute).
Troll 2 I can’t even bother writing about. It’s bad. It’s so damn bad it has a life of its own on the Internet and movie communities because it’s often deemed one of the WORST movies ever made. It’s so bad that people like it and documentaries have been done about it. I don’t like it and don’t think I’d ever sit through it again as it’s not even MST3K bad. There aren’t even any damn trolls in it. A horrid piece of shit.
This one is a fantastic and gross movie! Watch it with people that do not like worms or snakes because if you’re not bothered by them, you’ll get a kick out of many scenes in the film AND watch the person you’re watching it with freak out.
A metorite crashes and an alien being infects the person who finds it. He starts to transform and not look like himself while he’s secretly killing animals. He ends up impregnating a woman who ends up carrying a whole load of slugs. From there, the town is in disarray! It’s over the top and has a little bit of a dark comedy feel to it, so it’s not just a scare/gore-fest.
The Blob (1988)
This movie is a remake of the 1958 original. Basically, a meteorite hits the ground and someone goes poking at it. Something blobby from the meteorite attaches onto the victim and eventually devours most of him in a hospital he’s brought to. It then starts consuming more people. Once the town start noticing what’s happening and that others are being consumed and the Blob is growing, we have heroes who step up to the plate to try and stop it.
I dug this movie when I was a kid and the effects are still pretty good. If you haven’t seen it, you may jump at a few moments. The action throughout the movie is pretty good and I’m sure it will keep most horror fans’ attention.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
OK, this one isn’t horror, nor Sci-Fi but it’s REALLY fucked up. Peter Jackson, the director behind The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies wrote and directed this. It’s about a variety show that’s put on by various animals – and they’re all puppets. This is similar to The Muppet Show, but these would be categorized as Muppets who speak profanely, drink, fornicate, and do drugs. It’s just such a messed up movie.
The plot revolves around performers of the show practicing songs and acts because they want to be picked up as a TV show. Throughout the movie, the actors engage in betrayal, affairs, insults, and backstabbing. It’s almost like a backstage soap opera, but with puppets.
I ended with Meet the Feebles because foreshadows the movie that I’ll be starting the next feature with, as it’s a heavy hitter and one of my favourite horror movies of all time.